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55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: A Checkpoint

Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:00pm
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This year is the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and it comes with many reminders of the complex state of voting rights and election law in the U.S. In the webinar we'll take a deep dive into election law. Our guest is McGeorge Professor Emeritus Brian Landsberg, who teaches election law in our online MSL program in Government Law & Policy. Professor Landsberg will discuss current election law issues and discuss the current state of the Voting Rights Act. You’ll also hear details about what you learn in the program and how it prepares you to engage in policy work, including in election law issues.

Professor Landsberg’s teaching is grounded in his experience as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, beginning in the tumultuous 1960s. His career in the Civil Rights Division began with trial work to vindicate the right of African-Americans in Alabama to vote, notably including the case that recognized the right to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest racial discrimination in voter registration. That work also became the basis for his book Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the Voting Rights Act. Professor Landsberg also worked on some of the first cases to desegregate public accommodations and on fair employment and fair housing cases.

In a Q&A you'll have the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker or about our program, including about application requirements & upcoming deadlines, our curriculum & faculty, tips for submitting your application, and program cost & financial aid options.

Duration: 30 minutes of presentation followed by Q&A

McGeorge offers two online degree concentrations for a Master of Science in Law (MSL): An MSL in Government Law and Policy, or an MSL in Water and Environmental Law. The degree is designed to provide students with the master's-level depth of knowledge needed to accomplish their goals, without the requirement of a law degree. If you have earned a bachelor’s degree but do not want to practice law, an MSL from McGeorge School of Law provides the professional expertise necessary to acquire advanced knowledge of the U.S. legal system.

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